Sri Venkateswara Kalasabhisekham & Kalyanam
Jai Srimannarayana! Srimathe: Ramanujaya Namaha! With the blessings of His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and His Holiness Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji, Jeeyar Education Trust (JET) Dallas Center conducted Sri Venkateswara Kalasabhishekam and Kalyanotsavam on Saturday, March 2nd 2019 at Vandeventer Middle School in Frisco, TX. The event was meticulously planned with JET Dallas leadership team leaving no stone unturned to ensure a flawless execution of the event. The excitement was palpable as a large group of volunteers gathered the night before, for preparing 108 kalasams (ornate pots), stage decorations and going through the program rehearsal of the next day's activities. The volunteers constructed a creative stage where a beautiful green garden was setup with real carnation flowers hanging from the roof, so Lord Venkateswara would be able to enjoy the sacred shower and divine Kalyanam outdoors! The big day couldn't have come soon enough. Many devotees arrived ahead of the scheduled time and welcomed His Holiness Sri Ahobila Swamiji with utmost reverence. As the Prajna kids lined the pathway wishing and welcoming Swamiji, the ever smiling Acharya made way to the stage. Prajna Alumni (Sriya Devulapalli and Radhika Mantena) conducted the ceremonies as the youth Emcees for the event. They offered humble salutations to Swamiji and His parivaram with felicitations. The event started as per schedule by JET Dallas' resident priest Sriman Yugandharacharya Swami, under the direct guidance of Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji. The 108 Kalasams were laid out in a very specific arrangement filled with various sacred fluids as prescribed by the Vedic scriptures. Each sponsor made their way to the stage after being given a specific Kalasam, which was then blessed by Sri Ahobila Swamiji, to do Abhishekam to Lord Sri Venkateswara and His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. While this organized breathtaking ceremony was going on, Sri Ahobila Swamiji narrated the significance of each activity with lucid explanation. Along with Swamiji, JET Dallas' Prajna kids chanted Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam harmoniously for each birth star and raasi (zodiac sign) of the sponsor. After the Kalasabhishekam, devotees were mesmerized by Prajna DFW kids' recitation of Module 1 through 5 slokas, Adisesha Amsamidi (a Ramanuja Sahasrabdi song) by a few volunteers and a beautiful Kuchipudi Abhinayam on Lord Sri Ranganatha by youth volunteer Vathsalya Senapathi. While the audience soaked in the grandeur and the divine bliss, Lord Venkateswara and His consorts, re-appeared with Alankaram (beautiful decoration). The morning continued with Sri Venkateswara Kalyanotsavam conducted in the most authentic way. The event hall with barely any standing space now, filled with devotees to the brim, was spellbound as both the big events (Kalasabhishekam and Kalyanotsavam) flowed seamlessly together. The devotees could see Lord Venkateswara's smile while the sacred shower (Kalasabhishekam) and the divine Kalyanotsavam were being performed. The day was graced by 1000+ devotees and many of them shared their joy with one another about the divine feast from start to finish. The presence and guidance of Sri Ahobila Swamiji made the event very special and JET Dallas Center successfully conducted their first ever Kalasabhishekam along with Kalyanotsavam with divine fervor. Jai Srimannarayana!